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Chris Turner

Executive Director

Introduce yourself:

Chris Turner is the Founder and CEO of SunnyKids Childrens’ Charity. In 2009 he founded SunnyKids and provides the vison and drive that has allowed the NFP body to become the dynamic organisation that it is today, delivering thousands of nights’ accommodation each year and supporting hundreds of vulnerable kids.

Chris has been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009 and a founding member of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee with over 25 years’ experience running homelessness services, leading and developing a number of small, medium and large NGOs.

Education and credentials:

  • Bachelor Social Science (Youth Work)
  • Diploma in Youth Work
  • FAIM

Notable achievements:

Chris was the 2015 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year; and a s the (QLD) Institute of Managers and Leaders "not for profit Leader of the year"

He is a member of the USC External Academic Advisory Council and a current fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Chris is also Founder of ‘Read 2 Remember’, a literacy based resilience building program that has seen up to 500,000 children a year participate in the program since 2011.

Closing statement:

In 2017 with the financial support of Aussie World, was the driving force behind a new DV Education book titled ‘The Good Man Project’ which is now in every Primary School library across Australia.

The Good Man Project tackles the issue of domestic violence sensitively through the eyes of 12 year old Jake. It explores what it means to be a good man and promotes positive, healthy family relationships.